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Cooking book offered
The Portage County District Library will participate in the Big Library Read, an OverDrive program. eBook readers can download “Keys to the Kitchen” by Food Network star Aida Mollenkamp from Feb. 17-March 5.
Shape Magazine calls it “a must-have guide for any home cook.” During this reading period, Mollenkamp’s comprehensive reference guide to becoming a more accomplished, adventurous cook will be available for every patron who wishes to read it.
Visit the Portage County District Library’s OverDrive website at http://overdrive.portagelibrary.org to download.

Seuss storytime set
Preschoolers and their families are invited to a special storytime at Aurora Memorial Library that will celebrate the birthday of famed children’s author Theo LeSieg, better known as Dr. Seuss. Stories, rhymes and a craft are planned March 4 at 11:15 a.m. Registration for the program is preferred, and patrons can stop in or call 330-562-6502 to sign up.
Planning unit to meet
Four items will be on the agenda at tonight’s (Feb. 19) Aurora planning commission meeting. Members will look at a landscaping/fencing site plan at ThornCreek Winery and Gardens on Treat Road, a site plan for an addition at the Aurora School of Music on South Chillicothe Road, transfer of a conditional zoning certificate for Deux Amies at 211 S. Chillicothe Road and site plan for an addition at National Pump & Process on Treat Road.

Nature program slated
The Moebius Nature Center on East Mennonite Road will offer a program about nature’s winter signs, winter wildflowers and animal tracks Feb. 22 at 11 a.m. Adults will participate indoors, while children will take a short hike to locate animal tracks. Participants should dress for the weather and register at www.myMNC.org.

Library’s hours listed
Hours of operation at Aurora Memorial Library are as follows: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Mondays and Tuesdays, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Wednesdays and Fridays and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays. The library is closed Thursdays and Sundays.

City meetings planned
City meetings coming up are as follows: Feb. 19 — planning commission at 7 p.m.; Feb. 20 — landmark commission at 7 p.m.; Feb. 24 — Council committee of the whole at 6 p.m. and regular Council at 7; Feb. 26 — civil service commission at 6:30 p.m.; and Feb. 27 — architectural board of review at 7 p.m.

Tax time approaching
Aurora city officials remind residents that city income tax forms and any amounts owed must be filed and forwarded to the Regional Income Tax Agency by April 15.
Aurora’s income tax rate is 2 percent and is based on earned income and business net profits.
Residents who work outside of the city get a 100 percent credit up to 2 percent if they pay local income tax to the city where they are employed. Anyone with questions regarding income taxes, should visit www.ritaohio.com.
First-half 2013 real estate taxes are due to the Portage County treasurer by Feb. 25.

Homeowners may be
eligible for CHIP funds
The Community Housing Improvement Program (CHIP) is an Aurora program to assist low to moderate income homeowners in repairing and rehabilitating their homes.
Homeowners can get grants and loans of up to $10,000 for repairs and $40,000 for a rehabilitation. A home rehabilitation addresses all health, safety, energy deficiencies and accessibility issues. A home repair is for one or two large items.
To qualify, a homeowner must be at or below 80 percent of the area median income as established by HUD, he or she must occupy the home and be current on property taxes and insurance.
The city’s program is administered by Neighborhood Development Services Inc. in Ravenna. Any resident interested should contact NDS at 330-297-6400 or www.ndsohio.org.

Grand marshal sought
Nominations are being accepted for this year’s July 4 parade grand marshal. Forms are available at the city’s parks-recreation department in the Walker Building on West Pioneer Trail. The deadline to nominate is April 30.

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